Jun 16, 2016 8:24 AM

2 hikers rescued after heading up wrong trail on Mount Washington, new signage recommended

SARGENT's PURCHASE - Two hikers had to be rescued off Mount Washington Wednesday after they headed up the wrong trail and ended up stranded on an unexpectedly difficult ascent.

NH Fish and Game officials say they got a 911 call around 3:45 p.m. Shamim Khan of Troy, NY, reported that he and his companion Hassan Jamal of Kingston, NY, were stuck on a difficult section of the trail.

Officials learned the two men had intended to hike to the summit of Mt. Washington via the Tuckerman Ravine trail, but had mistakenly taken the Huntington Ravine Trail instead. Not realizing how technical the trail becomes, they continued on until they reached a point on the steep section where Khan felt he could neither descend or ascend safely.

"This has unfortunately become a common theme. Over the past couple of years, state rescue personnel have responded to several similar calls where a rescue was conducted due to a hiker becoming stranded on this particular section of the Huntington Ravine Trail. This is the second one in just a matter of weeks," Fish and Game officials said in a news release.

They are recommending a sign be erected at the entrance to the ravine to warn novice hikers about the difficulty of the trail.

The AMC trail guide lists the Huntington Ravine Trail as “The most difficult regular hiking trail in the White Mountains.”

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